reggae Archive

Album Review: Graham Parker and the Goldtops — Last Chance to Learn the Twist

Across his nearly 50 years as a recording history, Graham Parker has had it both ways: he’s made fiery, passionate, rocking music, and he’s delivered subtle, stripped-down solo/acoustic work. But […]

Julian Marley: One Love, One People and One Famous Surname

Julian Marley has a famous last name. But the 47-year old singer, songwriter and musician has never rested on the shoulders of his father’s reputation. Born in London, he’s the […]

30 Days Out, March 2023 #2: Satsang, Sawyer Fredericks, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Winery Dogs

This edition of 30 Days Out takes a look at a well-known and beloved national touring act as well as some lesser-known artists whose work is well worth investigation. Artist: […]

30 Days Out, Sep. 2022 #1: Black Midi, King Khan & BBQ, Steel Pulse, Sylvia Rose Novak

Touring is back in full swing. Looking at the concert calendar, save for an occasional canceled date, you’d never know that a pandemic had been raging for two-plus years. Four […]

30 Days Out, June 2021 #2: Supatight, Min Xiao-Fen, Love Bubble, Dots

Welcome back to the world, friends. I have some exciting musical news to share. I’m happy to say that the four shows spotlighted below are merely a slice of your […]

Toots & the Maytals: Rocking Steady for More Than a Half Century

Ask a casual music fan to name a reggae artist, and you’re likely to hear the name Bob Marley. And while it’s true that Marley and his group the Wailers […]

Album Review: The Last Poets – Understand What Black Is

One lens through which one can view hip-hop/rap is as spoken word with musical accompaniment. Though there are myriad exceptions to the rule-as-such, lyrics are often the primary focus of […]

Karikatura: Creating musical character in the studio

On the group’s second album, Brooklyn-based Karikatura worked hard to capture the energy of the band’s high-energy live shows. But Ghost Light isn’t a document of the group’s stage performance. […]

Matisyahu’s Strategy of Risk and Reward

Once playfully describing himself as a “Chassidic reggae superstar,” Matisyahu is a difficult-to-classify musical force. And that’s by design: with roots in reggae, hip-hop and Jewish tradition, the beatboxing singer […]

The Get Right Band: Taking Charge

Having good songs isn’t enough; to make it in the post-label world of the music industry today, artists have to supplement their musical prowess with an understanding of how to […]